How To Save Money On Cell Phone Service

There Are Many Choices To Save On Cell Phone Service

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How To Save Money On Cell Phone Service

There are numerous options when looking to save money on cell phone service. It is not as difficult as you might imagine, as long as you are willing to switch to a low-cost cell phone service provider. The major high-cost cell phone service providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, do not want you to know that there low-cost cell phone service providers that offer a similar level of service for a fraction of the cost that they are charging. The reality is that cutting your monthly cell phone bill by a significant amount is possible, which can free up the money for other purposes.

The nice thing is that you can keep your current cell phone number. Just make sure that you do not cancel your old more expensive cell phone service before you sign up for and activate your new low-cost cell phone service, because you need to be in control of your current cell phone number to keep your existing phone number when you switch your service.

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Some of the Options To Save Money On Cell Phone Service

There are quite a few options when one is seeking to save money on cell phone service. Many of the low-cost cell phone service providers provide their cell phone service through major cellular networks, such as AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, so customers are actually connecting to well established and widely available cell phone networks. The plans and services provided by low-cost cell phone service providers vary, but on average you should expect to pay about $50 per month for their plans. If you currently pay $100 per month for your cell phone service from a high-cost provider, the cost savings per month by switching to a low-cost provider would be $50, which adds up to $600 in annual savings. As an added bonus, many of the low-cost providers offer month-to-month service arrangements, rather than long-term service contracts, which provides flexibility.

The following are some of the more well-known low-cost cell phone service providers and a sample of their service plan offerings at the time of this writing:

  • Virgin Mobile - $45 per month for 1,200 phone minutes, and unlimited texts and data
  • Straight Talk- $45 per month for unlimited phone minutes, texts, data
  • Consumer Cellular - $60 per month for 1,000 phone minutes, 15,000 texts, and 2 GB of data

Note: Taxes and fees may apply to the above pricing samples, which will cause the final monthly cost for their services to be slightly higher.

What Are The Downsides To Switching To Lost Cost Cell Phone Service Providers

There are some downsides to switching to low-cost cell phone service providers, but they are minimal in comparison to the amount of money one can save each month and over the course of the year by switching to less expensive cellular phone service providers.

The main downside is that they require you to purchase your phone directly from their company, usually either at full price or close to it. But even when you have to pay full price or nearly full price for a cell phone, over the course of time that you own and use your cell phone, you will save much more than you spend on the phone, when the savings on your monthly cell phone bill accumulate.

Another downside is that although some discount cell phone service companies offer unlimited data, they limit data speeds after a threshold of monthly data use is reached; usually in the 2 to 2.5 GB range. This should not be a problem for people that use their cell phones for ordinary web surfing and checking email, but could be a problem for heavy data users that use their cell phones to watch videos, television, and movies. Of course, an easy workaround is to only partake in heavy data usage when on wifi networks. But, if use of wifi is not always possible, then one should consider whether making the switch to a low-cost cell phone service provider that limits data speeds above certain usage levels makes sense.

If you live in a rural area, check with friends to see which low-cost cell phone service provider they are using, because service from these providers can be spotty in less populated areas. Customer service may also not be as good with low-cost cell phone service providers; however, how often do you really call your cell phone company?

To Save Even More Money, Consider Disconnecting Your Land Line Phone Service

Additional savings on your monthly phone bill can be had by disconnecting your land line phone service and just rely on your cell phone to make calls. There was a time when making such a move meant a significant reduction in phone call voice quality; however, that is no longer the case. While cell phone voice quality is not as good as land line voice quality, it has improved enough to make it tolerable for most people. If you are paying $30 to $50 per month for your land line phone service, getting rid of it and using your cell phone for all your calling needs could save you between $360 and $600 per year. Just make sure that if you use your phone a lot that it makes sense to get rid of your land line, since many land lines offer unlimited calling, while some discount cell phone services limit calling to a specific number of minutes per month.

Keep in mind that if you need to make long phone calls, conferences calls for work, sales calls, or calls to customer service centers, a land line may be a better alternative than a mobile cell phone line. This is because land lines tend to provide clearer voice clarity and less distortation. There may also be safety concerns regarding disconnecting your land line to save money on phone service, since land lines provide 911 dispatchers your address, if someone where to call 911 and was not able to communicate the address. For many people this may not be a big concern, and they would rather save money on phone service, by getting rid of their rarely used land line.

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CarolynEmerick 2 years ago

Oh, another thing to look into is a free digital line through google voice. There's a box you can buy called Obi. You plug it into your PC, configure with google voice, plug any standard landline phone into the box, boom free phone! I had that set up for a couple years :-) only downside is can't call 911 with it. But you can do that on your cheap cell phone ;-)


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CarolynEmerick 2 years ago

I be used Boost and Virgin, but a coworker told me about PagePlus, and I cannot recommend it enough. It's the only pre-paid low cost provider (that I know of) that runs on Verizon towers, so you get Verizon service at a fraction of the cost. Also, because it's technically pre-paid cards, they bypass the FCC taxes and fees. Boost and virgin had $4 in taxes when I was on them (still way better than the $12-14 I always had in taxes and fees from tradition cell service!) but Page Plus is virtually tax-free. I don't know how, I don't know why. It's a loop hole. They call it a calling card but you can still renew online and even do auto-renew. Definitely check out their plans! You can use any old verizon phone (so long as it's not stolen and has a clear ESN number). I have an iPhone I got on ebay on it. I pay $30 per month for 1,200 mins, 3,000 texts and I think 2G data. They have an unlimited plan also and a $12 plan for people who rarely use their phone. I can't recommend it enough! For some reason the main company won't always flash a handset over the phone, but here are tons of dealers who will, and many will do it online for $10, and your phone is active within $30 mins! I did that with my iPhone, it's wicked awesome!


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

Your hub was very important when you can think of the savings you can have to spend on other things. I can't switch yet because I live in a rural area and I have to make sure any new cell phone provider can give me the same quality service. It is always good to shop around. Thank you for your tips.Have a good day.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

You have given me much to consider. We are thinking of changing our provider and your comparison is useful as well as the cost information. Another option, as you suggest, is for us to cancel our landline. Great post!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Well done and helpful.

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